Margo Odlum

Odlum-photo-website_2_Assistant Professor

Office: LFG 207
Telephone: 702-895-3092

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Ph.D. University of Texas at Austin (2019)
B.S. University of California Los Angeles (2013)

Research Interests:

My research centers on developing and applying novel techniques to document thermal signatures and thermal histories of Earth processes from microscales to orogen scales. I integrate field observations, U-Pb, (U-Th)/He, and trapped-charge thermochronometry, microstructural observations, and geochemical data to understand fault zone evolution and deformation in rifts and orogens through the continental lithosphere. Currently, my main research themes are: (1) textural and thermal record of seismicity in brittle fault rocks, (2) Geochronologic, geochemical, and microtextural/microstructural record of deformation and metasomatism in the brittle-ductile crust, (3) reconstructing long term tectonic histories from integrated multi-mineral thermochronometry, and (4) geo-thermochronology method development and applications.

Recent Publications:

Odlum, M.L., Levy, D., Stockli, D.F., Stockli, L., and DesOrmeau J. (2022) Deformation and metasomatism recorded by single grain apatite petrochronology. Geology

Odlum, M.L., Rittenour, T., Ault, A.K., Nelson, M., and Ramos, E. (2022) Investigation of quartz luminescence properties in bedrock faults: fault slip processes reduce trap depths, lifetimes, and sensitivity. Radiation Measurements. 

Odlum, M.L., Ault, A.K., Channer, M.A., Calzolari, G. (2021) Seismicity recorded in hematite fault mirrors in the Rio Grande Rift. Geosphere.

Odlum, M. L., & Stockli, D. F. (2020). Geochronologic constraints on deformation and metasomatism along an exhumed mylonitic shear zone using apatite U-Pb, geochemistry, and microtextural analysis. Earth and Planetary Science Letters, 538, 116177.

Taylor, M.*, Ault, A.K., Odlum, M.L., Newell, D. (2021) Shallow rupture propagation of Pleistocene earthquakes along the Hurricane fault, UT, documented with hematite (U-Th)/He thermochronometry and textures. Geophysical Research Letters